Rich Hill (former U of M pitcher) loses perfect game, game

Rich Hill (former U of M pitcher) loses perfect game, game

Submitted by Bobby Thomson on August 23rd, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Rich Hill took a perfect game into the 9th inning earlier tonight.  He lost the perfect game on an error by the third baseman with zero outs.  The no-hitter was still in tact after 9 innings, but the game went into extra innings tied 0 - 0.  Hill then yielded a walk-off homer to the first batter he faced in the 10th.  

http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/250122390/harrisons-walk-off-hr-e…

OT - Adrian Beltré joins the 3,000 hit club

OT - Adrian Beltré joins the 3,000 hit club

Submitted by MGoGrendel on July 31st, 2017 at 8:47 AM

Adrian Beltré became the 31st player and first Dominican born player to reach 3,000 MLB hits.  Along with that, he’s the fourth third baseman to reach 400 home runs and 1,500 RBI.  Certainly a Hall Of Fame candidate, which he coincidentally his his 3,000th on the same day as the HOF Induction Ceremony.  The 3,000th hit yesterday was a double against the Orioles.

He needs 8 more hits to pass the Tiger’s great Al Kaline on the all-time list.

Next up to join the club: Albert Pujols with 2,911 and Miguel Cabrera with 2,603.  Carlos Beltran has 2,695, but he’s already 40 years old.

 

OT: Report - Tigers trade Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs

OT: Report - Tigers trade Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs

Submitted by ckersh74 on July 30th, 2017 at 11:52 PM
Okay, here it is. Per Lynn Henning (who I despise) on Twitter:
 
Cubs get: Justin Wilson and Alex Avila
Tigers get: Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes, and PTBNL or cash.
 
Candelario is arguably the Cubs' #1 prospect, a 3B in AAA. Paredes is an 18 year old SS in A-ball.
 
EDIT: Here's the link to Henning's tweet: 
 

OT – What caused MLB to set a record for Home Runs in a Month?

OT – What caused MLB to set a record for Home Runs in a Month?

Submitted by MGoGrendel on July 6th, 2017 at 1:30 PM

I’ve been watching MLB a lot over the last week and saw there were a record 1,101 home runs hit in one month – June 2017.  That surpasses the former record of 1,069 set in May 2000.  For reference, May 2000 was two seasons after McGwire/Sosa battled for the season home run record and one season before Bonds broke that record.  Read: right in the heart of the steroids era.

MLB has been greatly stepped up their PED testing and is touting their success.  Two players this year were caught and each given 80 game suspensions.  Their message is ‘the age of steroids is over’.

And yet, we are seeing home runs hit at a record pace.  Why?  Here are some random thoughts from MLB personalities (former ball players) over the last week:

1. Pitchers are not pitching inside

  • They cited the LA Dodgers with the most pitches thrown inside and one of the lowest rates of home runs allowed.
  • Houston is on the opposite end of the equation with most home runs allowed and fewest pitches thrown inside.

2. More emphasis on power hitting over speed on the base path

  • There were a record 36 leadoff home runs in June; 5 more than the next highest set in May 2016.  More teams are putting power in the leadoff spot.
  • More hitters are increasing their “launch angle” to get the ball in the air. 
  • Statcast (powered by aws) is showing us more 450+ ft home runs and exit velocities over 115 mph.  Just last night, a pitcher(!) from Colorado hit his first home run – a 460 ft shot.
  • Everyone is swinging for the fences – even the little middle infields (like in Houston).  There were a record 28 days in a row where someone had a multi home run game, snapped on June 27 (and restarted the next day).

3. The ball is wound tighter

  • They cited that pitchers are getting more blisters as the try to grip the low (tight) seams.
  • The tighter seams create less drag – less break in a breaking ball and farther travel on a hit ball.
  • Do the hitters know the ball is wound tighter and they are swinging harder?

Could MLB want more home runs during a time where PED testing is high so we can forget about the steroids era?  Or, is it just about making the game fun for the fans?